Currently Offered Core Subjects
2.111 / 18.435J / ESD.79J: Quantum Computation
E.
Farhi, S. Lloyd, P. Shor
Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of quantum
computation. Topics covered: physics of information processing;
quantum algorithms including the factoring algorithm and Grover's
search algorithm; quantum error correction; quantum communication
and cryptography. Knowledge of quantum mechanics helpful but not
required.
6.443J / 8.371J / MAS.865J: Quantum Information Science
I. Chuang
Subject examines quantum computation and quantum information.
Topics include quantum circuits, quantum Fourier transform and
search algorithms, physical implementations, the quantum operations
formalism, quantum error correction, stabilizer and CalderbankShorSteans
codes, fault tolerant quantum computation, quantum data compression,
entanglement, and proof of the security of quantum cryptography.
Prior knowledge of quantum mechanics and basic information theory
is required.
6.453: Quantum Optical Communication
J.H. Shapiro
Quantum optics: Dirac notation quantum mechanics; harmonic oscillator
quantization; number states, coherent states, and squeezed states;
radiation field quantization and quantum field propagation; Prepresentation
and classical fields. Linear loss and linear amplification: commutator
preservation and the Uncertainty Principle; beam splitters; phaseinsensitive
and phasesensitive amplifiers. Quantum photodetection: direct
detection, heterodyne detection, and homodyne detection. Secondorder
nonlinear optics: phasematched interactions; optical parametric
amplifiers; generation of squeezed states, photontwin beams, nonclassical
fourthorder interference, and polarization entanglement. Quantum
systems theory: optimum binary detection; quantum precision measurements;
quantum cryptography; and quantum teleportation. Term paper required.
Alternate years.
Other Relevant Subjects
6.763: Applied Superconductivity
T.P. Orlando
Phenomenological approach to superconductivity, with emphasis
on superconducting electronics. Electrodynamics of superconductors,
London's model, and flux quantization. Josephson junctions and
superconducting quantum devices and detectors. Quantized circuits
for quantum computing. Overview of typeII superconductors, critical
magnetic fields, pinning, and microscopic theory of superconductivity.
Alternate years.
8.422: Atomic and Optical Physics II
W. Ketterle, I. Chuang
The second of a twoterm subject sequence that provides the foundations
for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical
physics. Nonclassical states of light squeezed states; multiphoton
processes, Raman scattering; coherence level crossings, quantum
beats, double resonance, superradiance; trapping and cooling light
forces, laser cooling, atom optics, spectroscopy of trapped atoms
and ions; atomic interactions classical collisions, quantum scattering
theory, ultracold collisions; and experimental methods.
22.51: Quantum Theory of Radiation Interactions
D. Cory
Introduces elements of applied quantum mechanics and statistical
physics. Starting from the experimental foundation of quantum mechanics,
develops the basic principles of interaction of electromagnetic
radiation with matter. Introduces quantum theory of radiation,
timedependent perturbation theory, transition probabilities and
cross sections. Applications are to controlling coherent and decoherent
dynamics with examples from quantum information processing.
MIT OpenCourseWare
18.435J / 2.111J / ESD.79J: Quantum Computation
P. Shor, Fall 2003
6.443J / MAS.865J / 8.371J: Quantum Information Science
I. Chuang, P.
Shor, Spring 2006
6.453: Quantum Optical Communication
J. H. Shapiro, Fall 2004
6.763: Applied Superconductivity
T. P. Orlando, Fall 2005
8.422: Atomic and Optical Physics II
W. Ketterle, I.
Chuang, Spring 2005
